Robert Joseph Bowen, Sr., 76, of Bay Mills, began his journey Nov. 5, 2017. Robert grew up as one of ten in Bay Mills, and from a young age loved the outdoors that carried throughout his life. He married his teenage sweetheart, Delia Schofield, in 1963.
Though he considered himself an avid hunter – he often brought home deer track soup. In spite of this, Robert was always the provider for his ever-growing family. Since his retirement in 2004, he has been busy puttering around the yard, gardening and “fixing” things.
While “Papa” held many jobs in his life, he was often called upon as the community’s artist and general handy man. In fact, Robert’s paintings, lawn ornaments and other artistic creations are seen in the yards and homes throughout Michigan.
But his true passion was music. He and Dee shared a love of guitar playing and music with their family. It would be difficult to find a community member who has not participated in a famous “Bowen Sing-a-Long.” Papa, Big Papa, Pa, Rob and Uncle Bert as he was known to family and friends, is proceeded in death by his father and mother, John and Isabella Bowen, and his siblings John Jr., Albert, Dorothy, Florence, Henry “Hank”, Leo and James “Jimmy.” He has two surviving siblings George Sr. and Douglas. He is survived by wife Delia (Schofield) and six children Angela Bowen, Vicki Newland (Gordon), Isabella (Sean) Hulack, Robert Bowen Jr., (Charlene), Marquita Bowen (Jerry) and Mark Bowen (Brianna Bodin). He has 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren – and counting.
Robert was the family’s rock; a gentle giant who got along with everyone. Family and friends know that Robert has joined his brothers for an indefinite croquet game in the sky. He will be missed by all.